Fleetwood Mac
The Dance


4.5
superb

Review

by Ephemeral USER (11 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2006 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


There are only a few bands in the world who have survived the test of sour relationships, and time. Fleetwood Mac are definitely among those few. Starting out in 1967, Fleetwood Mac were formed by drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie as a blues band similar to John Mayall & The Blues Breakers. In fact, both members were part of that band before Fleetwood Mac, and in 1967 along with Eric Clapton, John McVie played on the album Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton. The original main guitarist of Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green, who led the band until Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined nearly a decade after the band first formed.

By the time the two new iconic members were part of the lineup, Fleetwood Mac was already traveling away from straight blues, and towards different styles of music. They became much more melodic and experimental with their sound. The first album which the two new members were featured on was Fleetwood Mac which became a huge success. After that, they continued to rise on charts all over the world and achieved huge success.

The Dance was a live album recorded in 1997, that was released along with a concert film. Essentially, it was a Fleetwood Mac reunion concert that paved the way for 2003’s Say You Will. As far as live recordings go, this is certainly one of the best. The entire band is in top shape. The instruments are played beautifully, and the singing from Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham are beautiful.

The creative magic is present on this album quite a bit. In fact, the legendary track “Rhiannon” receives a new extended intro, and the song “Big Love” is completely changed from it’s studio recorded counter-part. “Say You Love Me” is also livened up with a banjo part that can make anyone smile.

The member that really shines on this album however is Lindsey Buckingham. His playing on “Big Love” and the classic “Landslide” are easily some of the best guitar playing I have ever heard. If you have ever seen the concert film of this, you will understand that this man is a monster guitar player. He has a style that instantly defines that it is him playing. That is an unmistakable feature of this album, and personally, one of my favorite parts.

The album includes several new songs like “Temporary One”, “Bleed To Love Her” and “My Little Demon” which since then were featured on their 2003 release Say You Will. The song “Bleed to Love Her” showcases that the band hasn’t died out just quite yet. Soaring vocals are found everywhere on this album. They just sound so good to me, and just make you feel great when you are listening to this album.

Again, the band is strong as ever in everything that they play, say, and do. The drums are powerful, and John McVie adds the right things at precisely the right times. As said before, Lindsey Buckingham’s playing on this album is some of the best that I have ever heard from him, let alone any guitar player ever. The vocals soar high to reach the ceiling, and then blow it off with their power.

If you are a fan of anything that Fleetwood Mac has done, this is an essential album that I feel really showcases the band’s talents and pure force.



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metallicaman8
July 2nd 2006


4677 Comments


Pretty nicely written review. I'll vote.

mynameischan
Emeritus
July 2nd 2006


17946 Comments


My dad has a couple Fleetwood Mac albums. I think I'm gonna check them out.

Pretty good review.

Oddsen
July 2nd 2006


1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My mom has this album. I've listened to some of it and its very good

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 2nd 2006


721 Comments


Nothing Fleetwood Mac have done after Rumours has been good.This Message Edited On 07.02.06

Kyle71
July 3rd 2006


19 Comments


They havnt released an album as strong as rumours, but some of the singles were pretty good.

JohnXDoesn't
July 3rd 2006


1354 Comments


Nice review, Jeff. I've read a few of yours over the past couple of days and enjoy them very much. I like this album and Fleetwood Mac in general. I'm not familiar with the Peter Green or Bob Welch stuff, but that core band from the '70's of Lindsey, Nicks, the McVie's, and Mick is a pretty good band. They wrote some great songs, and many are here on this live recording. And if Lindsey isn't the most underrated and under appreciated guitarist of all time, no one is. The man is simply briliant with his instrument.This Message Edited On 07.03.06

Ephemeral
July 3rd 2006


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, John. Do you have any recommendations for improvements on my reviews?

Patrick
July 5th 2006


1891 Comments


Lindsey is the most underrated ever!! thanks for giving him credit. Great review. Bleed to love her is one of my favorite songs. I gave you a yes vote.

Patrick
July 5th 2006


1891 Comments


Lindsey is the most underrated ever!! thanks for giving him credit. Great review. Bleed to love her is one of my favorite songs. Damn, I was gonna review this.

Ephemeral
July 20th 2006


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heh sorry. I beat you.

Patrick
October 7th 2006


1891 Comments


[quote=review]The original main guitarist of Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green, who led the band until Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined nearly a decade after the band first formed.[/quote] Actually there were a bunch of guitarists in between. Peter left in '69 and Lindsey and Stevie joined in '75.


Scenegirlsdontbang
August 5th 2010


106 Comments


The performance of big love on this is soooo good.

Rawmeeth38
June 19th 2016


1147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That solo in I'm So Afraid is quite something



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